Guatemalan volcano kills several dozen, sends thousands more scrambling

Make sure to let us know what you think... we now have comments turned ON below the article!

A massive volcanic mountain in Guatemala known quite literally as the Volcano of Fire has brought utter disaster and ruin to the small and impoverished Central American nation.

That volcano erupted for more than 16 hours on Sunday and is believed to responsible for the deaths of at least 69 people thus far, though that toll will likely increase dramatically.

According to CBS News, the Volcan de Fuego shot molten lava, rocks and superheated gases into the air for hours on end, sending ash as far as 40 miles away from the site of the eruption.

Well more than 3,000 people have already been evacuated from the area around the base of the volcano and dozens of wounded are being treated for their injuries.

Reportedly even several small villages around the mountain have been completely wiped out.

The eruption not only spewed untold amounts of toxic gas and smothering ash into the sky but also triggered mud slides and featured what are known as pyroclastic flows, a mixture of various gases and molten volcanic matter.

Dozens of people either burned to death or were suffocated by the thick ashen air before rescuers were able to reach them.

Thankfully, thousands of others were guided to safety or fled on their own prior to their villages being buried by ash and mud so hot that it was reportedly melting people’s shoes.

[show_poll poll_id=353]

As of now, the volcano has already destroyed at least one highway bridge and buried a beautiful and popular golf course beneath ash and mud.

The volcano is located about 25 miles southwest of the nation’s capital of Guatemala City, and it is unclear how much damage residents of that city now face. Hopefully they will remain safe.

209 Responses

  1. Good day! This post could not be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this write-up to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your content seem to be running off the screen in Internet explorer. I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know. The design look great though! Hope you get the issue resolved soon. Cheers

  3. Hey there! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could locate a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having trouble finding one? Thanks a lot!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.